boom times ahead
NANOMARKETS; ART COURTESY OF CARBON NANOTECHNOLOGIES
ILLUSTRATION BY LAUREN NAGODA
new report forecasts that the carbon nanotube (CNT) electronics market
will jump a whopping 6495% between 2005 and 2008, then continue high-double-digit
growth until 2012. "Carbon Nanotube Electronics: A Technology Analysis
and Market Forecast," published by NanoMarkets (Sterling, VA), projects
that the CNT-based nanoelectronics market will reach $29.5 million this
year, with income seen from sensor and display products. Then the report
foresees a dizzying period of superheated expansion (as shown in the chart
above), with the total market hitting $332.4 million, $751.5 million,
and $1.9 billion in 2006, 2007, and 2008, respectively. By 2012, the CNT
nanoelectronics space is projected to reach $12.5 billion. The commercialization
of nanotube-based memory devices (with an estimated $1.7 billion market
by 2009) as well as prodigious implementation in the sensors and displays
segments will fuel most of the growth in the rapidly emerging sector,
according to NanoMarkets.
report also provides analyses of near- and long-term applications for
CNT electronics, as well as technical and market challenges—such
as inconsistent output of CNTs and high unit costs—that must be
resolved. A summary of opportunities offers details on the various product
and technology segments, including logic and memory applications, interconnects,
displays, sensors, and thermal management. A section on influential companies
reveals that a blend of major players (GE, Intel, Samsung, IBM, NEC) and
up-and-coming firms (Nanomix, Nantero, Nano-Proprietary) are pursuing
commercialization activities in the CNT electronics arena. For more information
or to purchase the report, go to www.nanomarkets.net.
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